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In Hollywood, movie scripts that end this way get put into the nearest shredder.
And yet, in the reality that is March Madness — Illinois’ three-week boys basketball extravaganza in which literally anything can happen — the too unbelievable did happen, and because it did, Orr will be making its second straight trip to Peoria for the Class 3A Final Four.
The trip came courtesy of senior star Tyquone Greer, whose wide-open three-point shot from the corner with three seconds left gave the Spartans (25-4) a 71-68 victory here over North Chicago in the Hoffman Estates Supersectional.
And if Greer had hit this shot two weeks ago, nobody would have been surprised. But two Sundays ago, in the early morning hours, he was shot in the calf while attending a neighborhood get-together. As a result, he missed the team’s sectional semifinal win, made a token appearance in the sectional-final win last Friday, and played very sparingly against North Chicago on Tuesday.
But when he was needed at the very end, Greer was on the court and he delivered.
“We knew if Greer had a decent look, he could knock the shot down,” said Orr coach Louis Adams. “He had been bugging me all night that he had wanted to play.
For his part, Greer said he knew he had to be in there at the end of the game.
“If we were going to lose, I wanted to be out there on the court with my teammates,” he said. “We’ve been through a lot together over four years. If it was going to be somebody’s fault, I would rather it have been mine. That’s why I kept telling him to put me in the game.”
North Chicago (26-5) trailed 59-51 with five minutes left, but got even at 65-65 on two free throws by Kurt Hall with 1:18 left and then on an NBA-length three-pointer by JayQuan McCloud with 27 seconds left.
Greer, who played the final two minutes of the first half, entered the game late when Hall was tying it with free throws.
Until the end, Orr’s star was 6-8 center Marlon Jones. He was 13-of-17 from the field and finished with 33 points, eight rebounds and four blocks.
Louis Adams Jr., the coach’s son, added 18 points.
For North Chicago, Hall and McCloud each ended their prep careers with 22-point nights. Jay Amos-Mays added 16.